KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Former Malaysian Bar president Kuthbul Zaman Bukhari today backed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's proposal to introduce a two-term limit for the post of prime minister in the event it wins federal power.
"I would say yes, it is a good idea," said Kuthbul, responding to a member of the audience during the Malaysian Bar's International Law Conference today.
"We have seen it in practice in the US and it has worked very well for them," he added.
The United States is among the countries that limit their top executives’ time in power, with the US president only allowed to serve a maximum of two terms.
PPBM pro-tem vice president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said earlier today that the proposed limit is two terms or 10 years, in line with the practice of “many countries”.
His father, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was prime minister for 22 years or five terms from 1982 until he stepped down in 2003.